Wednesday, December 12, 2012
“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.” ― Alexandre Dumas
This is the first novel by the author, Robert Bidinotto, but you could not tell that from reading it because it displays a confident narrative of a suspenseful revenge thriller in a style that is both beautiful and clear. Thus it belied the expectation of this reader who has read many first novels and does not expect such flawless performance. The hero of the novel is Dylan Hunter, a journalist extraordinaire whose adventures provide exciting thrills and demonstrate moral truths. One of my favorite novels is Alexander Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo. I would suggest that Hunter is a good candidate for a twenty-first century addition to the library shelf that contains classics of revenge and justice like Dumas' and others.
From the opening scenes with a CIA operation gone awry the action is fast paced, leavened by a romantic subplot with some dark secrets involving Dylan and a female CIA operative. Complicating the plot and making the thriller even more suspenseful is the search for an assassin by the female CIA agent. But there is more trouble brewing for both of them that leads directly to the climax and denouement. The characters are drawn clearly with the sure hand of an author who knows how to present the forces of good and evil in an accurate and sometimes horrifyingly believable manner. The effect is to continually raise the suspense and keep the reader guessing with deft twists of a seamless plot. This is the best thriller I have read. I would recommend it to anyone who admires a great plot, who responds to inspirational heroes, or who just wants a great read.
Hunter: A Thriller by Robert Bidinotto. Kindle Edition, 2011.
About the Author: You can find Robert at his website, on Twitter or on Facebook.